A few weeks ago I read about an at home whitening trick on Pinterest. All you needed was a bottle of hydrogen peroxide and a q-tip. I did a little bit of research online before trying this to ensure it was safe for my teeth and gums and felt confident it was not going to ruin my teeth after navigating pages of information. In fact, I even found out that hydrogen peroxide is one of the main ingredients in whitening strips and you will not die if you ingest a little. Now, with that being said, before you try this you might also want to research for yourself (I will not take any responsibility if things go wrong!), especially if you have sensitive gums, are pregnant or have other health concerns. Also, I think this would only be best for adults and if you are under 18 you should consult your dentist and doctor before trying it.
Anyhow, I feel compelled to write about this as I tried it for the first time last Sunday and the next morning my teeth were quite noticeably whiter. I tweeted about the "trick" last week and got lots of replies so here goes...
PS- be warned there are some close-up photos :)
What you need:
Hydrogen Peroxide (be sure it has not expired)
*I added a step to my routine and finish off with a toothbrush.
I do my whitening PRIOR to brushing my teeth per online recommendations.
First, dip the q-tip in hydrogen peroxide and rub it across your teeth. I dip mine in once for my top teeth and then again before I do my bottom teeth. If there is a tooth I want to focus on I will come back after rubbing the q-tip over all my teeth and give that one for extra loving. If you have used whitening strips you will notice that the hydrogen peroxide tastes the same.
Let the hydrogen peroxide sit on your teeth for 30 to 60 seconds (I opt for the 60 seconds). It will start to foam which is fine. Now, you can either rinse your mouth here and be done or you can do what I do and add a step.
I pour hydrogen peroxide over my tooth brush (this sanitizes it too) and then brush my teeth with it for about 45-60 seconds. I then rinse my mouth out before brushing my teeth with toothpaste. As mentioned my teeth have become noticeably whiter in just one week (six days really as I skipped a day)! Who knew that for under $2 you could whiten your own teeth?!